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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Another week is over! What do you have planned for this weekend? After some lovely news and the end of a long week, tonight there will be bubbles and our favourite Thai takeaway for dinner, I can’t wait! But first, here’s a bunch of great giveaways, sale alerts and general wedding news!

Firstly- around the Polka Dot blogs!

The first wedding ring roundup on Polka Dot Groom

Amsale joins us for an expert interview on Polka Dot Wisdom

Caroline from Dandi upcycles her red shoes into some polka dot stunners on Polka Dot Made

On Polka Dot Weddings, Ben & Zoe got married on the same day as the worst Melbourne storm for 150 years and it didn’t phase them a bit!

Anliette of Palais Floral shares her favourite place on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Want to be a contributor? Just sign up for a personlised collection (the brown box on the right hand side of the blog!), fill out the contributor application form and we’ll get you started!

Californian videographer Tyler Faires is headed to New Zealand from November 3rd until November 17th 2010. She’d love to shoot an New Zealand wedding while she’s there and wants to give a couple the chance to have their wedding shot for free! Simply contact Tyler here for more information!

Dizzy Wizzy Design are having a giveaway! Simply subscribe to the Dizzy Wizzy newsletter to win for your chance to win win a stationery set including a 2011 calendar, 4 mini note cards and 8 gift tags Entry closes 31st of October.

Culture Couture is holding their first ever sample sale on Saturday 4th December 2010. The sale will be held at the Culture Bridal Leichhardt (Sydney) studio.

They’ll be selling unique one-off sample gowns, mostly pure silk Couture wedding dresses, for 50 – 80% off their regular price. Also available will be one-off sample cocktail frocks, party dresses and bridesmaids sample dresses at greatly reduced prices!  Snap up plenty of treasures designer Lisa has collected over the years including vintage silk kimono and obi fabrics, divine silk Indian saris and beaded wraps, and other treasures at sale prices!

to celebrate their new website, Belcanto Designs are offering 20% off their most popular chandelier earrings. Visit the Belcanto Designs website to see the sale!

Classic pinup photographers (in Brisbane until May 2011!) Sherbet Birdie are offering special Christmas packages for  discounted proces! A “Xmas Tweeint Tidings” Package is $299 and includes  Simply phone Miss Sherbet on 0405 429 262 or email to order a gift certificate or to make a direct booking.  I lvoe the Sherbet Birdie concept, so visit their website to get your Christmas treats sorted!

The Wedding Establishment along with the Treasury Restaurant are giving away 10 double passes valued at $50 each to Polka Dot Bride readers to their evening luxury bridal showcase! The showcase will be held on Thursday 25 November 2010 from 5.30pm until 9pm at Treasury, 394 Collins Street, Melbourne. There’ll be canapes, bubbles and plenty of gorgeous wedding suppliers to dream over! (For more info check out their blog)

To win a double pass to the The Wedding Establishment & Treasury Restaurant Luxury Bridal Showcase, simply leave a comment o this entry letting me know your favourite Melbourne wedding venue and why!

Competition is a game of skill, competition closes 20th of November, 5pm EST, prize does not include transport costs and winners are responsible for all additional costs to attend the event. Entrants must be over 18. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

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Mother Polka Dot’s Musings – There Are Two Sides To Every Story

by | Bride, Mother Polka's Musings


It’s time to welcome back the wise one in my family- Mother Polka Dot. The one who plaited my hair when I was growing up, who wiped my tears and who gave me the warmest hugs. Not only is she the most beautiful women you’ll ever meet but she’s always up for with a cup of tea and a chat and makes the best chicken soup you’ll ever eat.   You can read previous musings from Mother Polka Dot here.

In my travels through life I have learned some very hard lessons and one of the hardest has been that there are two sides to every story.

I think it is human nature to make positive or negative judgments about people just on appearance alone. Years ago, a member of my family, as part of his high school education, went with his classmates and spent a week sleeping in a hall and assisting in the care of homeless people. He worked in the soup kitchen, sat amongst groups of these people and listened to their stories.  What struck him, were the fascinating stories these people told about their lives, the reasons they lived on the streets, and the way they embraced these young school students who were helping them. It certainly squashed any preconceived notions he had about these people – these were suddenly very human to him, with feelings and life stories to tell – some of them tragic.

As we go about our days, we constantly make unconscious judgments about the people we encounter, or situations we face. We hear a bit of gossip about another employee and (unconsciously) instantly feel we can make a judgment about that situation, we look at the clothes someone is wearing and a random thought flashes across our mind, we see the person in tattered clothes and dreadlocks – gee – he must be from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’!

But we haven’t heard the story from the employee herself, or the person in tattered clothes – their story – as they live it.

The stories we see on the television just after the news – the so-called ‘current affairs’ programs, and yes, dare I say it, Dr Phil, are touted as ‘stories to make people aware – for the public good’ – but are they really? Don’t we all just sit there and think, ‘Well, I would never do that ‘, or feel some degree of self satisfaction because our life is surely not as bad as ‘theirs’! These stories are so one dimensional they are, or should be, making us cringe!

The times when I have been most critical, I have noticed that I have swiftly been put in my place later by an event that has taught me to be more accepting and mellow, and to reserve my judgment to a private corner of my mind! I have come to understand that judgment comes out of a place of wanting/needing to feel superior (shock..horror…who, me?)

Sometimes it is easier to judge than to move into the realms of accepting that you don’t know the full story, and need to mellow those feelings of superiority. And after all, who are we to be so superior that we feel we can sit in judgment of another? Do we all not have our own foibles, idiosyncrasies and particular life situations that are far from perfect?

How nice it would be to live in a world where our first thoughts were of kindness, compassion and empathy.  To realise that everyone has a story. And to truly accept another human being or a situation on face value would be a soul filling and wonderful thing.

I keep working on it every day.

Melanie and Daniel

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Melanie and Daniel

Oh I am so excited to bring you today’s wedding! Remember the fantastic tutorial on ribbon wands we posted a few months ago? How about the birds nest cake topper tutorial? Or perhaps you remember the DIY moss letters project? If not you have to recall the birdseed favors project!

That’s the completely fantastic thing about today’s wedding – all those projects? Well they’re all from today’s bride! You might know her from her fab blog The Crafty DIY Bride! It’s such a buzz to see all of Melanie’s hard work come together in her beautiful wedding! Melanie and Daniel married a few months ago on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

Mel says, “Daniel and I were high school sweethearts – we met outside English class in year eleven and haven’t parted since.”

Photos today are by Darin Collison Photography who captured all of Mel’s hard work so beautifully!

Mel spent the morning putting finishing touches on the wedding plans. In her words:

“Here’s what I DiY’d:

  • Bouquets
  • Reception flowers and décor
  • Invitations
  • Ceremony and reception stationary
  • Bridesmaid and flower girl jewellery
  • My own earrings
  • Flower girl basket
  • Reception and ceremony music
  • Bridesmaid totes with special gifts
  • Wedding favours
  • Wedding Cake and cake topper
  • Photo booth
  • Ribbon wands

Of course, I had some help from my fabulous friends and family. The first motive was to keep costs down, but as I kept making things, I realised how important it was to inject a little part of ourselves into the whole event. It just made everything a little more special!”

Mel, of course, put together the bouquets herself using orange, pink, yellow and white blooms. Mel’s bridesmaids wore different gowns from Review, EziBuy and Vivid and Mel wore the “Jacqueline” gown from the Wendy Makin Bella Donna range with a veil handmade by Jennifer Gifford Designs.

There were moments for reflection. “Although we had planned the day so that I would probably turn up a little late to the ceremony, we arrived ten minutes early. So, I had to wait nervously in the car until everyone had turned up! The weather was just perfect, so it was actually nice to just sit quietly and reflect in the warm sun.”

Mel walked down the aisle to “Happy Ever After” by Ben Harper. She says, “The whole day was an absolute blur. The special parts I hold on to tightly include walking up the aisle and seeing my husband’s face – his eyes were lit up. When I got to him, he just said, “You look so amazing”. We couldn’t stop giggling for the whole service from then on.”

Mel and Daniel chose to marry in a gorgeous garden setting. “The two main venues we used were perfect for us, although it took us a while to find them. We had first thought of hiring a local exhibition hall, but with my thesis to write, I just didn’t have the time to set it up and get caterers and music etc all organised as well as the rest of the wedding details. The gardens at Karrawingi Park were just beautiful and we ended up having such a relaxed atmosphere, which was perfect for us.” Mel’s dad presided over the service, “It was very special to have my dad do the ceremony for us and he did such a wonderful job. It was the most perfect service and I’m so thankful.”

There were also moments of laughter. “The funniest part of the day that I always laugh out loud at when I think back, is when we were walking back up the isle and hugging everyone, my cousin stopped me. I had lipstick on my teeth – yuck. So, she just stuck her finger in there and wiped it off!” Melanie and Dnaiel walked back down the aisle to  “Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson.

Melanie wore red shoes from Aldo. Daniel wore a suit from Spurling.

Melanie and Daniel held their reception at Barmah Park . Mel says “We then moved to Barmah Park for the lunch reception and, again, it was so relaxed. Everyone could just sit on the porch with a glass of wine and soak up some autumn sun.”

Tables were decorated with fresh blooms in mismatched glass jars, wooden birds and homemade table numbers. Mel’s homemade cake was topped with a homemade cake topper and set behind homemade moss letters, the birdseed favors hung from a branch.

The speeches were a special moment for Mel. “One of the most special moments of the day was when my dad was giving his speech and said that my mum wanted to give me something special she had made. My mum came up with tears in her eyes and handed me a little love heart that had been made using pieces of her own wedding gown and that of my grandmother. I was so touched.”

Mel and Daniel had a romantic first dance. “It was funny, because on our first date over 11 years ago we went to see She’s All That. Corny I know. Since then,’ Kiss Me’ by Sixpence None the Richer has always been our song. It was such a special moment when we could finally dance as husband and wife to that song.”

A big thank you to Mel and Daniel for sharing their wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Congratulations! Thank you also to Darin Collison Photography for today’s photographs!

Photos by Darin Collison Photography

Kristy and Ross Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Kristy and Ross

I have a thing for citrus right now, I am eating oranges like they’re going out of style (and technically they are, being that we’re heading into Summer and all!) so I adored this sweet mandarin orchard engagement session that took place just outside Sydney from Nattnee Photography.

Kristy, our bride to be explained how she and Ross met, “Ross and I have been together for about three and a half years but we have known each other for a lot longer than that. We actually went to the same primary and high schools – albeit I was in the grade above Ross! We got to know each other working together after school at McDonalds and became friends over the years. We both worked there whilst at school and then when we were both at university. After we both left that job, Ross moved away and we lost touch for a few years – although I remained in contact with one of his mates, Arthur that I was also friends with from school.

In early 2007 my best friend Michelle was moving to London and having a big farewell party in the city. Michelle invited Arthur to her farewell and Arthur in turn brought Ross along with him and we ‘re-met’ each other and started dating.

Ross proposed to me after I returned from a week long work trip to Adelaide (he must have missed me!). We went kayaking from The Spit out to Middle Harbour. Ross told me later that he had used ‘Google Earth’ to find the perfect secluded beach to propose on, but he must have viewed pictures taken at low tide- because there were no beaches in sight! We had lunch on some rocks and Ross proposed on bended knee with a hand drawn design of the most perfect engagement ring. He also gave me his grand mother’s engagement ring to wear whilst my ring was made – I accepted with a bit of a tear and a lot of excitement and I made phone calls to all of our friends and family on the way back whilst Ross had to paddle the kayak by himself!”

Photos by Nattnee Photography

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